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2014 track profile: Talladega Superspeedway

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At 2.66 miles, Talladega Superspeedway is the largest oval on the NASCAR circuit. As one of two restrictor plate tracks, fans have gotten used to expecting "the big one" – and they’re usually not disappointed. This mega-track is full of history in NASCAR and motorsports - both on the track and at the neighboring hall of fame.

Located in Talladega, Alabama on an abandoned airfield (though some say it was also an Indian burial ground), Talladega was the fastest track on the NASCAR schedule before the plates came in - Bill Elliott's record lap of 212.809 mph in 1987 had a lot to do with that. Next door to the track, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum is now the home to Elliott's No. 9 Coors Thunderbird that set the record and changed the face of superspeedway racing.

The 2014 racing season at Talladega gets underway May 2nd through 4th, as NASCAR's Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series are joined by the ARCA Racing Series. The second NASCAR weekend is October 17th through 19th, as the Camping World Truck Series joins the Cup Series.

Tickets for the May race weekend go on sale February 24th. Advanced ticket prices for the ARCA race on Friday are $20 (general admission), and advanced tickets for the Saturday Nationwide race are $40 and $50. Advanced ticket prices for the Aaron's 499 on Sunday are $45 to $135; Saturday and Sunday ticket prices increase by $10 after April 3rd. Tickets for the October event go on sale at a later date.

Find out more about the track, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and purchase tickets at 1-877-GO2-DEGA or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.

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